“We have received a lot of hate mail from traditionalists who think we’re ruining motorcycling,” Daryl Villanueva, founder of Bandit9 motorcycles, recently told Robb Report. “But I don’t care.”
Did we skip over Christmas and head straight for April Fool’s? Did we get sucked into the Upside Down? We’ve been championing the bike gurus at Ho Chi Minh City's Bandit9 for years, and after reading that quote, we finally understand how Vizzini feels.
And you will too once you take a look at Arthur and Merlin, two new mirrored motorcycles handmade by Bandit9 from starter bikes provided by Royal Enfield, who also commissioned them. Take note, bike builders: this is how you do a custom job.
Bandit 9 Arthur Merlin (4 images)
“We’ve essentially made everything ourselves except the motor and the tires,” said Villaneuva in Robb Report. Sure, that's impressive. But when it comes to bikes, seeing is believing. And thanks to the video below, it looks like Bandit9 is going to make believers out of those “traditionalists” yet:
All images via Bandit9